Religion is inextricably bound up with ways of being human. It is here to stay and there is a critical need to understand how and why it forms a central part of human cultures. The Religion and Anthropology degree programme provides a unique opportunity to explore religion in this way, as an embedded feature of social living and political expression. It draws on the two disciplines of Religious Studies and Social Anthropology to explore themes such as ritual, myth, sacred space and iconography as critical features of human societies, both past and present. In your first year you will establish a foundation for study by focusing on key research methods developed in Religious Studies and Social Anthropology, and key issues such as the role of power in the production of culture, and the multiple ways in which religious traditions such as Islam, Hinduism and Christianity have been constructed and presented in different times and places. In your second year you will begin to focus in on particular issues related to religion as culture, such as the role played by gender, politics and narrative representation. You will also explore the developing relationship between anthropology and religion in depth, through a core unit on the Anthropology of Religion. In your third year you will get the opportunity to focus further on specific themes and issues, including writing an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your own choice. For your dissertation, you will receive expert guidance from leading researchers drawn from both the Religions and Theology and the Social Anthropology departments. This challenging degree programme produces graduates who have a clear capacity to analyse and understand the many complex roles played by religion in human societies. These are skills of high value in today's globalised world. At Manchester, you may study ethnographic film and video, thanks to access to our Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology and optional course units offered by Art History and Visual Culture. You will study in a recognised international centre of excellence, which holds a perfect score for the assessment of its teaching quality. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 75% of our research activity was graded either 4* (`world leading') or 3* (`internationally excellent'). For our research environment 100% of our activities were graded at 4*/3*. The impact of our research was also judged to be strong with 100% of our activity in this category graded either 4* (`outstanding') or 3* (`very considerable') in `reach and significance'. This means that the social significance of our work is internationally excellent and our research activity is carried on in an internationally excellent environment. Nearly two-thirds of our graded research work was also ranked as internationally excellent.